Nettie & Friends supports Maxfield Learning Center and Maxfield School, St. Paul, MN.
Nettie & Friends works with Maxfield Learning Center and Maxfield School in St. Paul, MN to enrich learning experiences for students by meeting specific needs that expand the learning landscape or remove roadblocks to student success.
Annual Fund Raising Show and Sale at the Egg & I Restaurant, St. Paul. Opening December 7, 2013. Sale continues through December. Stop in for breakfast or lunch.
Nettie & Friends, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3). Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
When the school year closed in June and I took a moment to review everything Nettie & Friends has helped support at Maxfield, the list went on and on. These are activities large and small that enrich the lives of students at Maxfield, they are listed in random order, but their impact on the lives of students is not random. Yes, there are photos at the bottom of this list, be sure to see all of the smiles you helped create this year! Thank you for making all of this happen:
·Fresh school supplies to start
the year – markers, crayons, pencils, scissors, gluesticks, bulletin board
boards, desk tags, nametags,and other materials as needed
·Daily snacks for Learning Center
·Apples for the ‘Let’s Learn about
the Orchard’ unit for LC students
·Large classroom rug for new K-3
·Mimeo Teach Bar for science
classroom (makes any white board an interactive Smart Board)
·Gingerbread house building
supplies for three Kindergarten classrooms, two 2nd grade classrooms and two- Learning Center classrooms
·Snacks for inclusion classroom
celebrations, Writer's Workshop publishing parties
·Laundry partnership with E &
J Cleaners to clean uniforms from the uniform lending closet
·Children’s Theater “How the
Grinch Stole Christmas” tickets and field trip bus for Learning Center students
·100 days of school celebration
supplies and treats for three Kindergarten classes and two Learning Center classes
·Classroom incentives – Bucket
Filler celebrations for Learning Center classes, school store
·Sensory Room supplies
·Spelling Bee awards
·6th grade celebration
– field trip bus and roller rink rental; DVD for each student of the school
year slide show
·5th grade celebration
– light lunch for students and their families
·PreK field trip busses to
·Steppingstone Theater tickets for three Kindergarten classes
·Earth day celebration supplies
for three Kindergarten classes
·Positive Punch incentives for
grades PreK – 6 (15 classes)
·School Patrol Shirts for annual
School Patrol parade and picnic
·Library books to complete
collections and provide more copies of high interest books
·Nook account set up funds to
purchase educational apps and books for “handheld” technology for 40 Nooks at
·MN Horse Expo Field trip bus and
Cowboy hats and snacks for Learning Center students (this year we invited two classes from other Learning Center sites)
·Pump It Up trip for Learning Center students to celebrate growth in social skills
·Laminator film, color printer
toner for all of the staff Maxfield School to use to create materials for classroom use
·Supplies for the school nurse
(paper cups for students who need a cool drink and a little tender loving care, other personal supplies for students, nebulizer set-ups for students with asthma so they could receive their medication at school)
·Nutrition fund in the cafeteria
to ensure every child has a hot lunch every day
·Enrichment supplies for classroom
teachers such as the sewing project in the Learning Center where every student made a travel pillowcase to cover a small pillow to take home for the summer
·Gently used tennis shoes for the
gym for students to “borrow” so they can participate everyday in Physical
·Game controllers for Physical
Education so more students have access to the WiiFitactivities during gym
·Read Across America Day Dr. Seuss
teacher recognition boxes stuffed with stickers, certificates, awards, notes
and other good stuff for all teachers PreK – 3rd grade
·3rd and 6th
grade “Pi Day” celebrations
·Family game night – dice and decks of cards for "home
game bags" for families
Picking your own sweet, juicy apple.
Taking a hayride on a cool October day to find just the right apple.
Building your own gingerbread house.
Practicing math skills the gingerbread way.
Enjoying the winter weather, no matter what it brings our way...
Making snow angels, zipping down the slide to land in a soft pile of snow...
Climbing, running, playing outside everyday.
Celebrating 100 Days of School. That includes counting to 100 many times to make a tasty treat to share.
Learning a card game to teach to my family and in the meantime, beating Mr. Lucas, round after round!
Sewing your own pillowcase for your very own pillow.
Celebrating success with your friends. Taking your very own pillow home for the summer. Thank you for making all of this possible. We've had a wonderful school year at Maxfield and are looking forward to September.
Finally, spring arrived just in time for our annual trip to the MN Horse Expo at the State Fairgrounds. What a beautiful day. ALL of Maxfield Learning Center's students were in attendance, and this year, we invited one classroom from Rondo Learning Center and one classroom from Obama Learning Center to join us for this wonderful experience. As we approached this trip, the excitement was literally palpable in our classroom, students were inviting random adults and classmate's parents to join us with an enthusiastic "You should come to the horse show! It is the best day ever at school." This year, the MN Horse Expo treated us to a special showing of Ma'Ceo. It was like watching Cirque de Soleil with horses. Let me say, our students were in awe of the horses, the riding, the physical strength of the acrobats and teamwork between the people and the horses.
Then, there was this:
Ah, do you see those cool cowpoke hats? You made that possible.
Victor (the horse) crunched an apple and slimed all of us with squirting juice and slobber. We loved it and laughed a lot. And this:
Yes, that is a Clydesdale's hoof. That is ONE big horse! Whew. One of my students wanted to see if there really was a frog on the bottom of the horse's hoof and his owner gladly lifted up the horse's hoof to show us. This guy also was sporting a mustache that made all of us giggle. (Someone got a little too close and got smooched.)
It was a fantastic day made possible by friends like you and the generous support of the MN Horse Expo staff.
Now, back to school to write an informational report about horses and thank you letters to the MN Horse Council and Nettie & Friends for this amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with horses. Thank you.
Have you ever worn pants so tight they leave red marks on your
waist?Or so tight that you can’t
get the button undone?
Now imagine trying to concentrate on learning when your pants are
Then imagine when you have to go to the bathroom and can’t get the
button undone because your pants are so tight?Panic time, right?
I have a student like
that.She’s six and going through
a growth spurt.On top of that,
even though her parents know she needs pants a size larger, they don’t have the
money to buy new ones.
But you helped her out today.
Because you support
Nettie & Friends, I was able to take her to the uniform closet. We chose a pair that looked about right
with a little elastic in the back.She slipped them on for a perfect fit, with a little room left for
growth.We found another pair of
“just right” pants to put in her backpack in case she needed them.We put her too small uniform pants in
the laundry basket to be cleaned for another student who might need them.
When I called her mom to explain the
wardrobe change, she was so appreciative.“I know she is growing, but we just don’t have the money for new
clothes.This cold weather is
taking a bite out of our money, and we’ve had some car trouble.”
So when you think of Nettie &
Friends, think of what you did today for both that student and her parents.Thank you so much.